Four footballers stand in a rectangle and pass the ball in a zig-zag pattern across the short end then diagonally across for a longer pass.


Aim: To improve passing technique

Suitable for: U8’s and upwards

Equipment: 1 ball between 4 players

Organisation:  Continuous passing drill. Long pass 10m-15m apart, short pass 3m-5m apart. Player receives the ball and passes it to supporting player who plays long pass to the opposite player who repeats the practice. Start with a slow tempo.


  • 1 touch
  • Change distance between players
  • Increase tempo
  • Supporting player can change sides anytime to encourage communication, vision, and awareness

Coaching Points

  • Accuracy of pass, best angle for receiving player
  • Weight of pass
  • Direction of 1st touch
  • Type of pass (low, lofted, driven)


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